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Default 2012 Honda Pilot gets a few tweaks

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2012 Honda Pilot Debuts with Sleek New Look, Improved Fuel Economy and
Upgraded Interior Features

25 mpg Pilot 2WD achieves top highway EPA rating for an
eight-passenger SUV

08/31/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif.
The Honda Pilot eight-passenger SUV receives a wide range of upgrades
for 2012 with a sleeker front-end design, enhanced interior features
and an EPA highway fuel economy rating of 25 mpg on two-wheel-drive
models, an increase of 2 mpg compared to 2011 models.

The new styling for the front fascia, with its three-bar chrome-style
grille, conveys a more sophisticated crossover SUV appearance.
Interior styling changes focus on instrument panel refinement and a
more intuitive button layout. For 2012, audio system upgrades on
Pilot EX and EX-L models include a 2 GB CD-Library (CD-L) and
Bluetooth® Audio Streaming, along with the addition of Bluetooth
HandsFreeLink® to those trim levels.

Feature upgrades on the Pilot EX-L include the addition of a
full-color 8-inch intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) for
audio and vehicle information. Models equipped with the available
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System for 2012 receive
subscription-free FM Traffic, 15 GB audio hard disk drive memory
(HDD), and a higher-resolution display.

The fuel economy gains for 2012 result from combined improvements to
the powertrain, chassis and vehicle aerodynamics. The 250 horsepower
i-VTEC V-6 engine includes additional measures for friction reduction
and improved efficiency. The 2012 Pilot becomes quieter with
additional noise insulation and other enhancements throughout the

The 2012 Pilot's new grille and front fascia replace the prior model's
six-sided grille insert with a distinctive three-bar horizontal
design. Reconfigured multi-reflector halogen headlights and turn
signals contribute to the new look with a layout that relocates the
turn signal from an outboard position to an inboard position within
the headlight housing. A new front air dam and optimized strakes (the
rectangular air deflector in front of the wheels) help reduce frontal
area and unwanted air turbulence, both of which impact fuel economy.
Rounding out the exterior design changes, Pilot EX and above models
receive an all-new five-spoke, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheel design
(plus 1-inch compared to the previous model). Pilot Touring alloy
wheels feature an exclusive six-spoke design with a high-contrast
machined surface. Pilot LX models are equipped with 17-inch
styled-steel wheels.

Exterior dimensions for 2012 are similar to 2011 with identical
measurements for width (78.5 inches), height (71.0 inches for Pilot
LX and 72.7 inches for Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring) wheelbase (109.2
inches) and track (front 67.7 / rear 67.5 inches). Overall length
increases 0.5 inches to 191.4 inches as a result of the front styling
changes. Ground clearance is basically the same at 7.97 inches, down
slightly from 8.00 inches in the previous model.

Interior styling changes are designed to increase refinement
throughout the cabin while also enhancing the intuitive nature of the
controls. The instrument panel uses a more unified color theme with
less contrast between panels. A glossy black center panel for audio
controls replaces the high-contrast silver panel of the previous
model. Speedometer and tachometer gauge faces incorporate a new look
with distinct segments surrounding each meter's perimeter, along with
white background illumination for nighttime driving instead of the
previous model's aqua-blue background illumination. The redesigned
center stack adds a subtle U-shaped character line and different
textures to create a layered effect on the panel. Ideal for phones
and audio players, a larger center storage pocket is 0.4-inches
taller. A simplified layout for the climate controls replaces some of
the buttons with dials for a more intuitive, easy-to-use overall

The top of the center stack on each Pilot model contains a unique
display that varies by model. Pilot LX and EX models contain a
three-line display. Pilot EX-L models for 2012 (without navigation)
receive the new i-MID, which provides a convenient platform for
integration of vehicle information and compatible personal
electronics through a color LCD screen and intuitive steering wheel
controls. The Pilot EX-L rearview camera display appears in the i-MID
and includes guidelines for judging parking distance. The i-MID also
shows HandsFreeLink® operation, user-loaded wallpaper such as photos,
a fuel-economy display and an audio interface.

Available on Pilot EX-L and standard on Touring, the 2012 Pilot adopts
the latest version of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2.
Now with 60 GB of total system memory (includes 15 GB allocated for
user media) and voice recognition for three languages, this system
uses multiple global positioning satellites covering all of the U.S.
including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada and Puerto Rico. Its
new FM Traffic feature provides free, continuous updates on traffic
and incidents, helping drivers avoid gridlock. The hard drive can
store thousands of minutes of music, which is accessible by simple
voice commands using the Song By Voice™ feature. Additionally, 2012
Pilot models with navigation feature a multi-view rear camera (wide
view, normal view and top-down view), with the image displayed on the
navigation screen for convenient parking help when in Reverse.

Adding to the comfort level of the 2012 Pilot is a reduction in noise,
vibration and harshness (NVH). Enhanced body seam sealing around the
unit-body connection points, and re-tuned rear suspension sub-frame
mounts, result in lower noise levels in the passenger cabin. Other
specific NVH countermeasures include body-seam sealants to reduce air
leaks, enhanced pillar separators, revised insulation materials and
acoustic windshield glass on all models.

The tailgate features a lift-up glass hatch for convenient access to
the rearmost cargo area. The model's 18.0 cubic-feet of cargo space
behind the third row matches or exceeds the trunk space of a typical
large sedan and can accommodate items as large as a mid-size cooler
or a folded stroller. For maximum cargo space, the second and third
rows fold flat into the floor to create 87.0 cubic feet of storage
capacity, while also providing sufficient width for 4-foot-wide

The cargo area has a hidden storage well that provides 2.8 cu-ft. of
additional space and can combine with the above floor storage area by
securing the hinged cover against the seatback. The Pilot Touring also
provides a load-supporting cargo net (20 lbs. maximum weight) to
further subdivide the rear cargo area.

Key interior dimensions are identical to the previous Pilot model,
including front headroom (40.0 in. for Pilot LX and EX, 39.3 in. for
moonroof-equipped Pilot EX-L and Touring), second-row headroom (39.8
in.) and rear headroom (38.2 in.), legroom (front 41.4 in.,
second-row 38.5 in., and third-row 32.1 in.). Passenger volumes are
likewise identical (153.7 cu-ft. for Pilot LX and EX, 152.7 cu-ft.
for Pilot EX-L and Touring), as are cargo volumes (87.0 cu-ft. total,
47.7 cu-ft. behind second-row seats, and 18.0 cu-ft. behind third-row

Safety technology includes the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™
(ACE™) body structure that helps reduce the amount of crash energy
reaching the passenger compartment and can enhance frontal collision
compatibility. Additional safety equipment includes three-row side
curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver's and front
passenger's side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position
Detection System (OPDS), active front seat head restraints and
anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist.
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), commonly referred to as Electronic
Stability Control, is standard on all models. The 2012 Pilot also
meets new federal regulations with taller rear head restraints.

Honda has targeted the new Pilot to achieve best-in-class safety
ratings, including a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, and a TOP
SAFETY PICK designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety (IIHS) reflecting the institute's new procedures for Front
Offset, Side Impact Collision Evaluation (SICE), Roof Crush and Head
Restraint tests.

Power comes from an advanced 24-valve, all-aluminum engine with
"intelligent" Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic
Control (i-VTEC) technology with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM).
The VCM system allows the V-6 engine to operate in six-cylinder mode
for power and four- or three-cylinder modes for efficiency. Fuel
economy improves for 2012 with an EPA-estimated1
city/highway/combined fuel economy of 17/24/20 mpg on 4-wheel-drive
models and 18/25/21 mpg on 2-wheel-drive models. Representing a 1-mpg
increase in City, a 2-mpg increase in Highway and a 2-mpg increase in
Combined, this gives the 2012 Pilot 2WD the highest fuel economy of
any 8-passenger SUV and the Pilot 4WD the highest fuel economy for
any mid-size 4WD SUV.

Fuel-efficiency enhancements include the application of engine
friction-reduction technologies including a plateau-honed engine
block, low-friction piston treatments, ion-plated oil rings and a
load-variable alternator. The use of dual-electrode spark plugs,
0W-20 low-friction oil and low-friction automatic transmission fluid
contribute to higher efficiency. The VCM operation range has also
been expanded.

The 5-speed automatic transmission features Grade Logic Control to
help maintain the most appropriate gear when going uphill or
downhill, thereby avoiding gear "hunting." The available
VTM-4 system on Pilot 4WD models adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive
capability. VTM-4 delivers seamless, "decision-free"
application of 4-wheel-drive when needed, a key benefit compared to
conventional systems. The system also provides a "lock
mode" – available when in first or second gears up to 18 mph and
activated by a button on the instrument panel – that can deliver the
maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid in
extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.

The suspension is a fully independent system with front MacPherson
strut and rear multi-link with trailing arm designs that contribute
to responsive driving characteristics for an SUV. The 109.2-inch
wheelbase facilitates a smooth ride. A tight turning diameter of 37.9
feet aids maneuverability in tight parking situations.

Chassis improvements that directly improve fuel economy include a
variable-displacement power steering pump, low-rolling-resistance
tires, and low-drag front ventilated and rear disc brakes. Improved
aerodynamics, the front strakes, splash shields and inner fenders,
and reduced frontal area also contribute to improved fuel economy.

Models and Features
As with the prior model year, the 2012 Pilot is available in four
model choices (Pilot LX, EX, EX-L and Touring), and each is offered
in either 2-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive configuration.

Pilot LX
Standard comfort and convenience features on the Pilot LX include a
front and rear air conditioning system with air-filtration system,
keyless entry with simplified operation, tilt and telescope steering
column, cruise control, power windows with auto-up/down driver's and
passenger's window, power door and tailgate locks, AM/FM/CD stereo
system with seven speakers including a subwoofer and Radio Data
System (RDS), trip computer, heat-rejecting tinted glass, integrated
Class III towing receiver, and more. For 2012, the Pilot LX adds AAC
audio file playback capability from data discs to the CD player.

Pilot EX
The Pilot EX adds a tri-zone automatic climate control system with
humidity control and air filtration, a power driver's seat with
10-way power adjustment with lumbar support, security system, XM
Radio®5, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, alloy wheels,
roof rails, fog lights, exterior temperature indicator, HomeLink®
Remote System, and more. For 2012, the Pilot EX now also features
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink (previously exclusive to EX-L with Navi and
above models), Bluetooth audio streaming and a new 2 GB CD Library
(CD-L) replaces the previous 6-disc CD changer.

Pilot EX-L
Additional Pilot EX-L features include leather-trimmed seating
surfaces, heated front seats, 4-way power front passenger's seat,
one-touch power moonroof, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror and
the availability of either the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation
System™2 or the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System with a 9-inch
screen. The addition of either the navigation or the entertainment
system also adds a 115-volt power outlet. New for 2012 is the
addition of a power tailgate to the Pilot EX-L, a USB Audio
Interface, and an intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with
QVGA resolution. The i-MID includes a rearview camera display, iPod
album artwork display and a user-loadable wallpaper function.

Pilot EX-L with Navigation
The Pilot EX-L with Navigation adds an upgraded navigation system with
higher VGA resolution replacing the previous QVGA display and an
internal hard drive that replaces the previous model's DVD-based
system. New features include FM Traffic, Song by Voice™, rearview
camera with a 3-mode display and a Multi-Information Display in the
center of the gauge cluster.

Pilot Touring
The top-of-the-line Pilot Touring includes the Honda Satellite-Linked
Navigation System™2 with rearview camera, a Premium Audio System with
10 speakers, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink4 and Audio Streaming (with
selected phones), the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System,
two-position memory seats, roof rails, corner and backup sensors,
side-mirror integrated turn indicators and more.

Colors available for 2012 include Alabaster Silver Metallic, Bali Blue
Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Polished Metal
Metallic, Taffeta White, White Diamond Pearl, new Dark Amber Metallic
(replaces Mocha Metallic) and new Glacier White (Pilot Touring).
Fabric and leather interior color choices, which are matched to
selected exterior colors, include beige, black or gray.

Awards and Accolades
From building initial quality impressions to providing fun-to-drive
character with lasting durability and reliability, the Pilot carries
forward the essential DNA that defines all Honda vehicles. These
traits have previously earned the Pilot multiple awards, including
"Best Value of the Year" from IntelliChoice,'s
"Most Wanted SUV," and it was named one of Kelley Blue
Book's "Top 50 Most Popular Cars." The Honda brand has also
won the "Best Retained Value Award" for
Non-Luxury Brands.

The Pilot is assembled from domestic and globally sourced parts at
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda R&D
Americas designed and developed the Pilot in Raymond, Ohio, and
Torrance, California. The 2012 model became available for sale on
August 31.

2012 Pilot Feature Change Summary

All-new front fascia, grille and headlights
New 18-inch aluminum wheels (17-inch styled steel on Pilot LX)
Upgraded interior materials and revised instrument panel with new
center stack layout
Acoustic windshield glass (previously exclusive to Pilot EX-L and
Upgraded audio and available navigation systems
Improved EPA-estimated1 fuel economy (+1 mpg City/+2 mpg Highway/+2
mpg Combined)
Pilot LX adds:

AAC audio file playback from data discs to the CD player
Pilot EX adds or replaces:

18-inch aluminum wheels and P235/60R18 all-season tires
Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Bluetooth audio streaming
2 GB CD Library (CD-L)
Pilot EX-L adds or replaces:

Power tailgate
Intelligent Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with QVGA resolution
(includes backup camera display, album artwork display and
user-loadable wallpaper function)
USB Audio Interface
Pilot EX-L with Navigation adds or replaces:

Upgraded navigation system with higher VGA resolution and 60-GB hard
drive (includes 15 GB audio hard drive memory) and FM Traffic
Song by Voice™
Wide-view rearview camera with 3-mode display
Basic Specs:

Engine: 3.5-liter 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6
Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 253 lb-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
EPA-estimated1 fuel economy, City/Hwy/Comb.: 17/24/20 (4WD), 18/25/21
Seating capacity: 8
Passenger volume: 153.7 cu-ft.
Cargo volume: 18.0 cu-ft. (minimum), 87.0 cu-ft. (maximum)
Towing capacity: 4,500 lbs. (4WD), 2,000 lbs. (2WD)3
Standard airbags: Driver's and front-passenger's dual-stage,
multiple-threshold front airbags; driver's and front passenger's side
airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS);
and 3-row side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor
Standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) and an Anti-lock Braking
System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist

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